Let’s face it: net neutrality laws are going to expire pretty soon, and that sucks. In less than a month, on June 11, the rules that have made sure internet service corporations provide equal access to all types of content will be “taken off the books.” A lot of us out here that like civil liberties are hopeful that it’s not the end of this story, and we are maintaining hope – but it certainly helps that projects like Substratum (SUB) are working on solutions that can ease the pain.
The Substratum (SUB) test platform is now live
This coin is an Ethereum-based crypto token that will enable users around the globe to essentially rent out their unused computer power so that they can act as a mini server where other users can access the internet. It’s a big, decentralized internet service provider – but there is no massive conglomerate that’s controlling all the fees, network speed, etc.
The Substratum (SUB) token itself is what users get paid to run nodes on the network, and all they need to do in order to participate is download a little software.
Just two days ago, the beta version (test version) of the open-source software went live.
What to Expect & How to Know if Your Test Was Successful
— Substratum (@SubstratumNet) May 11, 2018
That means that users around the world are already trying this system out, and getting a feel for its capabilities and user interface. Multiple people have already taken it for a spin, and the overall reaction on social media has been positive.
People are liking Substratum (SUB) so far
Based on what we can see from Reddit and Twitter, it is pretty clear that the platform is easy to set up and it seems to be working smoothly – for the most part:
Yeey it's finnaly here! I've just tested @SubstratumNet node and it works perfectly! Can't wait for new versions, ready for mass adoption! 🙂 NET censorship ENDs NOW! 🙂#cryptocurrency #SubOpenBetaLive #blockchain #technology #fintech #NetNeutrality #InternetCensorship $SUB
— IronBeeper (@Iron41095837) May 12, 2018
— Alen Stanič (@alens1212) May 12, 2018
You can go to their official site and check out how to download it and participate in the beta test. This platform has some pretty high potential, especially with the climate around net neutrality – so it will be fascinating to see what happens when the full-blown product launches.
By the way, there’s still no official launch date yet. Also, this also isn’t the only project that’s looking to do a “decentralized internet” – actually Golem (GNT) and MaidSafeCoin (MAID) are pretty similar.
Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.